DeWalt DW311K Reciprocating Saw Review
The search for a reciprocating saw is not an easy one. There are so many models out there. But despite all the difficulties, one model stands out. The DeWalt DW311K is a popular saw that is versatile, easy to use and ready for any heavy-duty cutting applications. Without further ado, let’s review this DeWalt reciprocating saw and see if it is worth the money or not.
DeWalt DW311K Reciprocating Saw Review
#1. Technical Features
As with most DeWalt reciprocating saws that are intended for semi-professional and professional use, the DW311K has a variable speed of 0 - 2,700 SPM and the unit is powered by a heavy-duty 13-Amp inductive motor.
Essentially, you can easily change the speed with the push of a button, without your hands leaving the power tool. The variable speed allows you to work with different materials for greater versatility. You can easily cut both metals at a lower speed as well as sensitive materials like plywood at higher speeds.
Furthermore, the stroke speed of 1-1/8 inches is an industry standard size which means that you can cut any commercial material with ease. The blade will never be too short as most stock products are less than 1 inch in thickness. Therefore, whether you are cutting sheets of metal, plastic or wood, the DW311K has enough power, versatility, and cutting capacity to work with a broad range of materials that professionals use every day.
The DeWalt DW311K comes equipped with a powerful 13-Amp motor. After all, this is a heavy-duty reciprocating saw that will most likely be abused on the job. It is not as powerful as the DeWalt DW304PK, but it definitely stacks against some of the best reciprocating saws on the market.
Regarding power, the motor will not stall or choke under load. This powerful motor can deliver a consistent torque to the blades even under heavy load. This allows you to cut through the toughest material with ease and get a smooth and professional finish result. Furthermore, it can even cut through cast iron of 14 TPI or other higher density materials of up to 18 TPI with ease.
As far as the blade goes, this unit comes with an adjustable keyless shoe that will not require any tool. You can quickly and easily replace the blade, and best, you can do so with only one hand if you wish.
Furthermore, the orbital movement of the blade making it even more efficient at cutting through materials. You can easily change the reciprocating blade in this unit if you work with other material like metal.
In any case, the blade itself is heavy-duty and made of a hardened steel alloy. It will not break or bend easily on the job. This makes it suitable for anyone doing heavy-duty and professional work. Additionally, since the blade is a fairly small, it highly limits vibrations and promotes cutting efficiency.
This DeWalt reciprocating saw model is quite famous for its ergonomic form factor. Indeed, it has an ergonomic handle with the back handle coated with a soft rubber material for comfort. You can hold this unit for an extended period without fatigue.
Additionally, it has been engineered in a way so that the motor pack does not transmit vibrations to the whole unit, making it even more comfortable to work with. Furthermore, the unit measures only 18 inches in length so you can hold it with both hands quite comfortably. In addition, it does not weigh a lot at only 9 lbs. Why not being the lightest reciprocating saw on the market, it is still light enough for anyone of any build to work with. You do not have to be exceptionally strong to operate this unit. It feels very well-balanced in the hand and in general, it is pleasantly comfortable to both hold and work with.
#2. Other Features
- Stainless steel blade clamp: The blade clamp is made of heavy-duty and durable stainless steel, and you can change the blade without using any additional tools. This is quite useful if you are hard pressed for time on a busy construction site. Additionally, the clamping force is very respectable when it is locked in position helping limit vibrations and promote cutting efficiency.
The price of the DeWalt DW311K is on the midrange when compared to other models. Let’s not forget that this is a professional model intended for professionals so there is a price tag attached to it.
However, when taking into account its power, versatility, and ease-of-use, we think that it is very reasonably priced.
Especially when compared to more expensive models like the DeWalt DW304PK, which is certainly a little bit more performing but sold at a significantly higher price.
Therefore, we can safely recommend this DeWalt reciprocating saw based on its price alone. It is value for money and few models can compete with it on a price to performance ratio.
- Variable speed control. The speed can be changed anywhere from 0 to 2,700 SPM.
- Powerful and reliable motor of 13 Amps. Will not stall or choke when cutting through tough material. Can easily cut through metal when equipped with a metal reciprocating blade.
- Ergonomic form factor. Comfortable to hold with a nice handling with both hands.
- Keyless blade changing system. Will not require tools for blade replacement.
- Deep stroke length of 1-1/8 inches allowing you to work comfortably with all commercially available stock.
- The price could have been a little bit more affordable.
Who Should Buy?
The DeWalt DW311K is really a midrange reciprocating saw, both in terms of power and price. However, it is still plenty powerful for professionals who are looking for a performing and dependable reciprocating saw to use in the long term.
Since the price is a little bit steep for the average user, we recommend this DeWalt reciprocating saw to semi-professionals and professionals who need a powerful cutting tool without breaking the bank. It has an excellent ergonomic form factor and that the variable speed control should coming handy sooner or later. All in all, go ahead and get this model if it fills your need.